Environmental Law Program

Externship Opportunities

There are many externship opportunities available to ELP students.  Students are encouraged to apply for externships at least three months in advance. Participating entities include federal and state agencies and courts, private and public interest law firms, and non-profit organizations.

To learn more about the types of externships traditionally available to ELP students, see the externship archive below and the ELP Careers Directory.  For general information about externships, students should review the externship section of the law school website, and contact an ELP faculty member.

Intern, Conservation Council of Hawai’i (CCH) – Summer 2012

CCH’s Marjorie Ziegler is looking for an intern (for credit and possibly a small stipend) to research the State Commission on Water Resources Management, Board of Land and Natural Resources, Land Use Commission, and possibly other boards and commissions, with the goal of identifying all the appointments to these boards and commissions in the last 25 years or so, and do an analysis of the appointees and the interests they represent. The belief and experience of CCH and other environmental interests is that their concerns are typically overlooked or barely/rarely, if ever, considered and they would like to have the issue researched and presented in a way that clearly and powerfully makes that point.

EPA’s National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS) – Summer 2012

The NNEMS program provides associate, undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to participate in a fellowship project that is directly related to their field of study. The purpose of the NNEMS program is to:
Provide students with practical research opportunities and experiences in EPA’s program and regional offices
and in its laboratories;
Increase public awareness of and involvement in environmental issues;
Encourage qualified individuals to pursue environmental careers; and
Help defray the costs associated with the pursuit of academic programs related to the field of environmental
protection, such as pollution control, science, engineering, technology, social science and specialty areas.

Interactive application materials and details on how to apply are available on the NNEMS website here. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, January 30, 2012. All materials must be postmarked on or before that date to be eligible for consideration. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Carolyn Pitera, Tetra Tech EM Inc., by email at carolyn.pitera@tetratech.com.

Summer Intern, Public Utilities Commission Staff Attorney

The Legal Section of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as a student summer intern. Primary duties include research relating to review of complex utility and telecommunications dockets; providing counsel to staff; and drafting decisions and orders.

Knowledge of public utility law or will be favorably considered. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and to identify and resolve complex legal issues. Candidates must also demonstrate the ability to work as a member of a team, to assimilate large amounts of material quickly, and to balance a diverse workload.

Catherine P. Awakuni
Chief Legal Counsel
Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
465 S. King Street, Room 103, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-586-2010
Facsimile: 808-586-2066

EPA Region 6 Office of Regional Counsel – 2012 Summer Intern Honors Program

The Office of Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6, located in Dallas, Texas, is looking for law students to participate in our Summer Intern Honors Program. Under this program, EPA Region 6 will select students to work as interns in an intensive training program that will expose them to demanding front-line environmental enforcement (civil and criminal) or counseling work this summer. The interns will work at EPA’s office in Dallas. Selections will be made on a rolling basis until all positions are filled, and no applications will be accepted after February 10, 2012. Accepted law students can expect to work on both substantive and procedural matters involving almost every EPA program (e.g., Superfund, RCRA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, etc.), attend strategy meetings with agency clients and negotiations with the regulated community in enforcement and other cases, receive formal briefings from agency expert attorneys on current front-burner issues, and participate in local environmental bar educational and social sessions.

Applicants must meet the requirements of EPA Order 3100.4B (text attached; if the order is not legible in the electronic format in which it appears, send an email to Ms. Chang-Vaughan and it will be sent to you in PDF format) to participate in this program. The Summer Intern Honors Program will begin May 21, 2012, and will end August 3, 2012. Region 6 understands that students may be available only during part of the summer and we will try to accommodate student availability. Although Region 6 encourages applicants from across the nation, EPA cannot provide travel expenses. Moreover, as stated in Order 3100.4B, a student volunteer is not a Federal employee for any purpose other than injury compensation and the Federal Tort Claims Act. These are unpaid positions. Service is not creditable for leave accrual or any other employee benefit.

Students who wish to participate in the Summer Intern Honors Program must submit a:
1. Cover Letter (Applicants Letter of Intent)
2. Resume
3. Writing Sample
4. Sponsorship Letter from Applicants Law School (model attached)
5. EPA Form 3100-14 (attached) (applicant should fill out only the areas which call for the applicants name, citizenship information, proposed arrival date, proposed termination date, and information regarding the sponsoring institution. Applicants must also sign Form 3100-14 at participant signature).

Applicants should E-mail, post, or fax these documents to:
Ellen Chang-Vaughan (6RC-EW)
Office of Regional Counsel
U.S. EPA Region 6
1445 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202-2733
Fax (214) 665-3177
Phone (214) 665-7328

As indicated in the order, students must be sponsored by a law school. The law school must submit a letter which states the applicants eligibility and explains the relevance of the Summer Honors Intern Program to the students educational goals. A model letter is attached to this announcement. Questions regarding this program should be addressed to Ms. Chang-Vaughan at (214) 665-7328.

Sustainable Development Law in China – Summer 2012

Sustainable Development Law in China provides an introduction to the legal and institutional framework of environmental law and policy in China. It analyses Chinese environmental law and policy from jurisprudential and comparative law perspectives. Taught between 9 and 20 July 2012, the unit is taught principally by Chinese academics drawn from Wuhan University and specialists from other Chinese universities, with comparative lectures and commentary are provided by the Australian academics. Candidates are given an introduction to Chinese law and the Chinese legal system before embarking on an intensive series of lectures on the major areas of Chinese environmental law,” said Coordinator, Emeritus Professor Ben Boer.

The unit will take place on the campus of Wuhan University, China and on field trip locations. Field trips include visits to the Three Gorges Dam and Zhong Xiang, a World Heritage site of the Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in China, as part of this 2012 offshore unit of study. Prior to departure, there will be an introductory session at Sydney Law School. For more information, please click here.

Externship with National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Pacific Islands Section – Spring or Summer 2012

The General Counsel’s office of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Pacific Islands Section, is accepting externship applications for the Spring 2012 semester and for Summer 2012. Externs will work closely with NOAA counsel as we provide legal advice to the National Marine Fisheries Service and Western Pacific Fishery Management Council on projects supporting the conservation and management of living marine resources, both domestic and international. Externs can expect to conduct legal research, draft legal memoranda, and attend client meetings.

This position is unpaid and is to be conducted for academic credit, subject to approval of the law school. We require a minimum of 20 hours per week for the Spring externship and a minimum of 30 hours per week for the Summer externship. Please provide a cover letter, resume, and two references to Frederick.Tucher@noaa.gov. The deadline for Spring 2012 applications is December 30, 2011. The deadline for Summer 2012 is February 15, 2012.

Internship with the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division – Indian Resources Section – Summer 2012

Building on the successful placement of William S. Richardson School of Law student Lehua Ka‘uhane with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Environmental and Natural Resources Division – Indian Resources Section last summer, and more significantly as a result of Lehua’s great performance, the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations has the opportunity to place one (1) law student with the Indian Resources Section in Washington, DC, for the Summer 2012 session.

The deadline for applications to our Office at lisa_oshiro@ios.doi.gov is 5:00 pm on Friday, January 6, 2012. Students should submit the following application materials to our Office: resume, cover letter, legal writing sample, copy of their most recent transcript (unofficial is acceptable), and three references with contact information (letters of recommendation not required). Applicants must successfully complete a security clearance prior to appointment. A stipend may become available, but cannot be promised at this time.

Nature Conservancy of Hawaii Legal Internship Opportunity

This position is located in Honolulu, HI with travel to Jakarta, Indonesia. At least one year of law school completed and an intention to receive a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school or enrollment in an LLM program.
Experience with conducting legal research and writing legal memoranda. Interest in supporting new legal position in the Conservancy’s Jakarta, Indonesia office.

Fluency in Bahasa Indonesian and English preferred but not necessary. Provide legal research and writing and documentation support to the Conservancy’s Indonesia legal team. Strong legal research and writing skills necessary.
Strong organizational and time management skills necessary. Must be able to work with minimal supervision and support.
Strong legal research and writing skills necessary. Strong organization and personal time management skills necessary.

How to Apply:
To apply to position number 39385, submit resume and cover letter as one document. A resume and cover letter are required to be considered for the position. Your cover letter must include the following information: 1) Why is diversity and inclusiveness important to you? 2) What qualifications or credentials can you bring to this position? All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 19, 2011. Failure to complete all of the required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration. The information entered in the education and work experience sections are auto screened by the system based on the basic qualifications of the position. Apply online at https://careers.nature.org/

Externship with the Law Offices of Steven D. Strauss – Spring or Summer 2012

The Law Offices of Steven D. Strauss is interested in talking with any law students whom are seeking for credit internships in Environmental/Administrative Law for the Spring or Summer of 2012. This may include a directed project or litigation support.

Any interested students contact me directly should contact Evan Silberstein with any questions: evantodd1013@gmail.com.

Externship with NOAA in Washington D.C. – Summer 2011

If you are passionate about ocean law and looking for a great summer externship, then consider applying for an externship at NOAA in Washington D.C. next summer with Hawaii’s Andy Winer, who is serving as NOAA’s Director of External Affairs.

Charlie Taylor ‘11 worked for Andy – and the NOAA General Counsel’s office – during summer 2010 and had an excellent experience working on national ocean law and policy issues.

This externship is an extraordinary opportunity to see the inside of federal government and get involved in some hot national issues. Students with strong writing, research, and professionalism skills — and a background in ocean law or issues — are encouraged to apply.

We are fortunate that Andy will be at the Law School on Monday Dec. 20 and available to meet with interested students from 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 pm in the Mauka Conference Room. Drop in, informal, meet and greet, but if you are interested in the externship, do bring a short cover letter and your polished resume (with three professional references). You should also send a cover letter and resume to antolini@hawaii.edu.

If you have any questions, or if you are coming on Monday, please email Prof. Antolini at antolini@hawaii.edu.

The Wildlife Society

TWS has an opening for a Wildlife Policy Intern with an interest in wildlife resource and policy issues. This 6-month internship will run from January to June 2011 at the TWS Headquarters in Bethesda, MD.

COLLEGE CREDIT: The Wildlife Society will cooperate with universities/colleges that offer credit for intern programs; however, students must make all arrangements for receiving academic credit.

For more information please contact Laura Bies, Director of Government Affairs at laura@wildlife.org

Trust for Public Land: Externship/Pro Bono/Volunteer

Description: ELP alumnus Lea Hong offers externship and pro bono opportunities at the Trust for Public Land. Potential activities fall into three major categories: land conservation, transactional law as it relates to land, and overall due diligence as it relates to environmental issues. Land conservation activities include research and investigation regarding land use classification, zoning, natural and cultural resources, community support, and land value. Transactional activities refer to documentation of land transactions including letters of intent, options, purchase/sale agreements, escrow instructions, deeds, easements, etc. Due diligence with regards to environmental issues include title review, environmental phase I issues, and appraisal issues.

Contact Info:
Lea Hong
Hawaiian Islands Program Director
The Trust for Public Land
212 Merchant Street, Suite 320
Honolulu, HI 96813

Surfrider Foundation: Externship

Description: Can you combine your love of the ocean, surfing, and a law career? Sure you can!

Angela Howe, litigation director of the Surfrider Foundation, has worked with William S. Richardson School of Law students on Hawai`i projects with the Hawai`i chapter leadership. This would be a long-distance externship because Ms. Howe is the supervising attorney at the headquarters in California. Two WSRSL students — Evan Silbertstein and Asami Miyazawa – were the first Surfrider externs in 2009 and had exciting cutting edge projects.

Contact Info: Please contact Ms. Howe at ahowe@surfrider.org and check out the Surfrider Foundation at http://www.surfrider.org/.

KAHEA – The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance: Externship/Pro Bono/Volunteer

Description: KAHEA has several exciting legal projects in the works that would benefit greatly from the support of a few good environmental law students. This semester we have space in our downtown office for a couple of students interested helping to protect Hawaii’s unique natural and cultural resources while gaining experience in administrative law, NEPA and HEPA compliance, legislative and regulatory analysis, and public advocacy.

Ideally, we are looking for 2L and 3L candidates that can provide between 60 and 120 hours over the course of the semester (i.e. an average of 10 hours a week over 10 weeks). We would be pleased to help students complete their pro bono graduation requirement or fulfill any extern or intern requirements. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to miwa@kahea.org as soon as possible, but no later than September 18, 2009.

KAHEA has been blessed with support from several extremely talented UH environmental law students over the years. Their dedication has helped to make the work of KAHEA and its partners successful and rewarding. We look forward to continuing that tradition this year.

Contact: Please feel free to contact ELP alumnus Marti Townsend at marti@kahea.org with any questions.

DBEDT’s State Energy Office: Externship/Pro Bono/Volunteer

Description:  Looking for an exciting opportunity to learn more about energy law and state permitting? Our ELP alumni Cameron Black, Malama Minn, and Joshua Strickler at DBEDT’s State Energy Office are looking for YOU NOW to help out in their office this 2010 Spring Semester.   According to Cam:  “We could use help during the Legislative session and to help with a few of the renewable energy projects we are working on.  We also need help drafting Admin. Rules for the proposed clean energy investment/property-assessment bond program. We have plenty fun in our office and never a dull moment.”  If you are interested in an externship, pro bono, or volunteer for Spring or beyond, please contact Cam directly.

Cameron B. Black
Permitting Specialist, Strategic Industries Division
Dept. of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
Phone: (808) 587-9009

State Legislature: Externship/Pro Bono/Volunteer

Description: Writing background papers on legal issues of a variety of legislative topics. Also, possible opportunities as a Legislative Extern for the legislative session.

Professor Antolini

Watershed Partnerships: Externship/Pro Bono/Volunteer

Description:  Watershed Partnerships are voluntary alliances of public and private landowners dedicated to mauka forest conservation. There are nine WPs statewide and on every island except Niihau and Kahoolawe. They encompass a little over one million acres of land and cover the last remaining native habitats found in the state, along with nearly 20% of the nation’s listed endangered or threatened species. Given the large landscapes covered under these Watershed Partnerships, management actions and issues deal not only with natural resource management, but also with other fields such as business, culture, recreation, education, agriculture and silviculture, health and disease, policy, law, economics and many other fields.

Christine Ogura
Planner Watershed Partnerships Program
Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Department of Land & Natural Resources
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: 808-587-0058
E-mail: Christine.S.Ogura@hawaii.gov

Office of Hawaiian Affairs: Externship/Pro Bono/Volunteer

Description:  The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Native Rights, Land and Culture Division is looking for an extern or two for the Spring semester. We handle a wide range of environmental and Native Hawaiian issues by monitoring the activities of state and federal agencies and responding to the concerns of our beneficiaries. Duties and hours are flexible, and we can tailor projects to the extern’s interests. Examples of possible tasks include reviewing and commenting on EISs and EAs, researching water and ceded lands issues, and drafting testimony for the legislature and state commissions. Please have interested students contact us with a statement of interest and resume, or with any questions.

Native Rights, Land and Culture Division
Office of Hawaiian Affairs
711 Kapiolani Blvd., Ste. 500
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: (808) 594-0244

NOAA Sanctuary Office: Externship/Pro Bono

Description:  Consider this exciting opportunity to gain some experience with the NOAA Sanctuary Office (main office on Maui, this project anchored in Hawai‘i Kai office). NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program and Office of General Counsel is interested in offering an unpaid externship opportunity to law students from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law, Environmental Law Program. The externship involves research and writing on environmental and conservation issues related to federal statutes, particularly the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. Pro bono opportunities may also be available. This is an outstanding federal program with many interesting legal/policy projects — you can gain a lot of insight into federal programs that protect Hawai‘i’s marine environment.

Naomi McIntosh
Sanctuary Manager
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale 
National Marine Sanctuary
6600 Kalaniana’ole Hwy, Ste. 301
Honolulu, HI 96825
tel: 808-397-2651
web: http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov

NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement: Externship/Pro Bono

Description: The NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement is offering an opportunity for an interested intern to become involved in daily issues surrounding the enforcement of federal fisheries and protected species regulations. An intern would be assigned various legal research projects including review of proposed regulations, researching US laws and regulations relating to fisheries management plans, international treaties and laws, as well as providing assistance to prepare civil and administrative cases for prosecution. An intern would also attend meetings as assigned that address legal and enforcement issues involving fisheries and protected species.

If you are interested, please send a current resume, grade summary, and references. A writing sample may be requested later.

Sherrie Myers
NOAA Fisheries, Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) in Honolulu
E-mail: sherrie.myers@noaa.gov.
Find out more about the exciting work done by NOAA Fisheries at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ole/

Earthjustice — Hawai`i Office

Description:  Our Hawai‘i office is looking for externs for both this coming Fall Semester 2006 and the Spring Semester 2007. Please let us know if you know any bright, hardworking 2Ls or 3Ls interested in helping to protect Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural resources. We work through the Law School’s externship program, so our externships are unpaid, but for-credit, AND, loads of fun.

Externs participate as members of our staff, and are expected to perform legal and factual research, draft research memoranda and legal documents, attend court hearings and client meetings (if they are available), participate in press conferences, and other activities as our case load demands.

If you know anyone who is interested, please have them send a cover letter, resume, college and law school transcripts (unofficial accepted), names and phone numbers of three references (at least one should be a law school professor) and writing sample.

223 South King Street, Suite 400
Honolulu, HI 96813-4501.
For those who don’t know much about our organization, check out our website at: http://www.earthjustice.org/about_us/offices_staff/offices/honolulu/ .
Students should feel free to call or e-mail if they have questions or need more info.